Learner driv­ers linked to teach­ers

South Western Times - - News - Ash­wini Saseedaran

A NEW driv­ing pro­gram will help young peo­ple across the South West com­plete their 50 hours of su­per­vised driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence needed to gain a driver’s li­cence.

Set to be­gin in De­cem­ber, the Re­gional Youth Driver Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gram will con­nect learner driv­ers with a vol­un­teer men­tor and au­to­matic ve­hi­cle through an on­line sys­tem. After up­load­ing their avail­abil­ity, a pro­file and a photo to the on­line pro­gram, vol­un­teers and par­tic­i­pants will be able to match ac­cord­ing to suit­abil­ity and then meet at a safe and pub­lic place or­gan­ised by the South West Youth Driver De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram.

Run as a con­sor­tium, driv­ers will be in­ducted through pro­gram man­agers while vol­un­teers will be screened for a na­tional po­lice clear­ance, work­ing with chil­dren check and li­cence check through Vol­un­teer South West.

Schools and or­gan­i­sa­tions like Clon­tarf South West and Headspace Bun­bury will join the pro­gram to of­fer sup­port.

Cost­ing $15 per hour and a half, co­or­di­na­tor Susie De­la­porte said the pro­gram would pro­vide a plat­form for those with­out su­per­vi­sors or ve­hi­cles to gen­uinely ac­crue their driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and com­mit to safer driv­ing.

“It will make for safer roads and cre­ate more op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple in terms of work, study and train­ing,” Ms De­la­porte said.

“There are good bound­aries and there is no ex­chang­ing of per­sonal in­for­ma­tion or con­tact de­tails.”

Ex­cited for the roll out to make a big dif­fer­ence in the com­mu­nity, she said it was all about har­ness­ing tech­nol­ogy in clever ways to make a mean­ing­ful and real dif­fer­ence to some­one’s life.

Ini­tially formed at Bassendean Youth Ser­vices, man­ager Greg Neri said apart from im­proved free­dom and em­ploy­ment, the pro­gram opened up a world of op­por­tu­ni­ties for a range of young peo­ple from di­verse back­grounds.

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